Sunday, July 25

Oh, the HORROR!

Not Very "Car Friendly" of Bedford to Neglect Giving Motorists Any Way to Pass Cyclists While Construction Continues
Rantwick defaced Kermit, the cute little squeaky frog, here. Strangely, it started Kermit considering other things he doesn't like. One such is shown above, in which a perfectly good four lane road is reconfigured to encourage cyclists to ride faster than their norm "down the slot."

Another view of "the slot" is shown below. Note the classy (NOT) sidewalk, which is the alternative to controlling the lane fully. As it turns out, Kermit is not pleased with this construction. Not only does it have the rough pavement which irritates him, making him squeak in protest, but it makes him positively FROTH to see construction that is definitely NOT "Car Friendly."

The Other End of "The Slot"

As you may see below, a rare shot of Kermit in full "Oh, the HORROR" mode...

Rough Pavement Brings Out Rantwick, Combine it With "The Slot" and it Brings Out Primitive Urges

7 comments:

Rantwick said...

Hah! I almost never use this little acronym, but LOL man. Kermit is sick. You better take him to a velodrome or a nice smooth new subdivision or something.

Poor little guy...

Velouria said...

actually, that looks like a good theft deterrent : )

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Khal said...

Must give the little guy a bummer of a headache. We too have been going through a summer of Construction Hell, complete with similar lane restrictions. Misery loves company, I guess.

Ed W said...

Look at it this way, you're providing an important public service by slowing motor vehicle traffic in a construction zone, adding a measure of safety for those working there and preventing motorists from getting hefty speeding fines which are typically doubled in those construction zones. You deserve public accolades for this, Steve, because you're performing a selfless act by looking out for your fellow Americans. We need more conscientious citizens just like you!

cycler said...

They're doing a huge and disruptive construction project on one of the major bridges between boston and cambridge (the BU bridge). It's a narrow bridge at the best of times and they took out the sidewalk and one lane on the cambridge bound side. So there's no shoulder, and 10 ish lane and a LOT of traffic. They painted sharrow symbols down the center of the lane and posted prominent "Bikes may use whole lane" signs, and it's worked pretty well. I don't ride it often, but it's do-able, I haven't been honked at or harassed, and I see a fair number of people coming off the bridge in the proper position (center of the lane).

So get out there and vigilante paint some sharrows! It'll improve Kermit's outlook on life!

Steve A said...

Actually, Ed, no motorists were harmed in the making of this post. Kermit went back to being his cute self.

Cycler, I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't follow through on what I told my mom when we went riding together - that in Texas, the right lanes are 12 foot bike lanes that cars are allowed to use if no bikes are present. She was a bit skeptical, but all the motorists we encountered followed the rules as I'd explained them.

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